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Master Asynchronous Tools for the Blended Classroom (6/20 - 7/6/2012)

The Distance Learning Office at USI

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There are many asynchronous teaching tools available for the blended classroom and mastering them can be a challenging learning curve for any educator. But it’s not that difficult and the payoff can be dramatic. Using the concept of scalable instructional design, participants will explore how to incorporate basic through advanced online asynchronous tools for a diverse spectrum of users.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process of scalable instructional design
  • Understand how to incorporate high-level learning in the blended classroom
  • Explore various options for student learning outcomes as facilitated by asynchronous tools


Registration Deadline: 12:00pm , Friday, June 1, 2012

Workshop: June 20, 2012

  • Start Time - June 20th at 12pm ET. Please introduce yourself and begin reviewing materials
  • Workshop Orientation - June 20th at 4pm EST
  • Workshop Officially Closes - July 6th. All workshop materials will be available for one year

Resources Provided:

  • A Logitech Headset
  • Presentations, readings, web links, discussion threads and other materials, viewable online for 1 year
  • 1-Hour Live Workshop Orientation - Learn about Moodle 2.2 and BlackBoard Collaborate. Navigate the workshop space
  • 1-Hour Live Panel Discussion - Participation in Live Q&A
  • Viewing of Live Sessions available for 1 year

Frequently Ask Questions:


Where is the workshop?

These workshops hosted by Sloan-C will be delivered solely online. Click here for an example of how the live sessions are conducted online

Is there any cost for me (or my department) to participate?

These workshops are solely sponsored by the Distance Education Department at USI. There is no cost to you or your department for you to participate the workshops. However, seats are limited - it is on a first come first served basis and the full time faculty members have reservation priorities.

Where can I view all the workshop options and how do I Sign up?

Please go to to register. To learn more about these workshop, please click on the red "learn more" link at

What kind of equipment do I need?

You will need to have access to a computer with High Speed Internet connection and a headset everyday during the workshop period. The Distance Learning Office will provide each faculty participant a headset.

The workshop usually runs two weeks long. Do I need to meet the class every day? How much time commitment is required to participate?

These workshops usually involve one hour live session for orientation andone hour live session for panel discussion. The rest of the learning activities will be conducted using asynchronous communication tools just like how faculty would teach an online class.  Thus, no specific date/time is required for participation except the live sessions.  

All the live sessions will be recorded, so participants who cannot join the live meetings can watch the recordings later. Specific learning objective/outcome is determined for each week. You will probably spend 3-5 hours per week to participate depending on the weekly tasks assigned. The workshop participants will follow the instructions to access provided learning materials while engaging online discussions with other learners. Since these workshops are not conducted in the traditional format (instructor centered), self-motivated learning collaboration will be encouraged and reinforced.

There will be lots discussions between participants throughout the workshop period. It is highly recommended that every faculty participant login to the course site once a day or at least 5 times a week, so you can follow (fully participate) the class discussion throughout the learning period.




Have questions about Master Asynchronous Tools for the Blended Classroom (6/20 - 7/6/2012)? Contact The Distance Learning Office at USI


The Distance Learning Office at USI

Workshop provided by Sloan Consortium and sponsored by the Distance Learning Office at USI. For more information, please contact us at (812) 228-5124 or email to Thanks!

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